If you didn’t grab one of this week’s popular waiver wire players it’s okay. There are still plenty of intriguing pickups after the dust settles.
All players listed are under 40 percent owned in Yahoo and ESPN leagues
Jacquizz Rodgers, Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Yahoo – 37 percent owned, ESPN – 30.4 percent owned)
Jacquizz Rodgers could be a brief solution to many fantasy football rosters who have injuries to the running back position.
Doug Martin has reportedly suffered a setback over the bye week as he attempted to recover from a hamstring injury. Rodgers received 35 touches last week against a tough Panthers defense last week, which shows the coaching staff is prepared to lean on him. He managed a paltry 3.3 yards per carry but should find more room to run against the 49ers. San Francisco has allowed 174.3 rushing yards per game to running backs this season.
Rodgers is instantly in the RB2 conversation and needs to be added to running back needy teams immediately.
Mike Gillislee, Running Back, Buffalo Bills (Yahoo – 19 percent owned, ESPN – 3.9 percent owned)
Gillislee has proven to be efficient when he has received carries this year. He may be getting a lot more now.
LeSean McCoy suffered a “mild to moderate” hamstring strain according to WGR 550. It is not known how much time McCoy will miss, which makes Gillislee nothing more than a speculative add, granted he is a very good one.
Gillislee has accrued 116 yards on just 17 carries. He will be the starting running back in a very enticing matchup against the Dolphins this week if McCoy is ruled out.
Running backs I would drop for Rodgers or Gillislee: Darren Sproles, DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard, Justin Forsett
Ty Montgomery, Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers (Yahoo – 35 percent owned, ESPN – 10.2 percent owned)
Eddie Lacy and James Starks have both been sidelined with injuries which opened the door for Montgomery to see some snaps out of the backfield as a passing threat. He should still see a good amount of targets as well with Davante Adams likely out this week.
Montgomery snagged 10-of-12 targets for 98 yards against the Dallas Cowboys last week. He also saw three carries for six yards on the day. Injuries have basically forced Montgomery to become fantasy relevant. He did well with his chance last week and should still see some snaps as a third down running back as newcomer Knile Davis is still acclimating to the offense.
Montgomery should be a reliable WR3, especially in PPR formats.
Wide Receivers I would drop for Montgomery: Tavon Austin, Phillip Dorsett, Tyler Lockett, Mohammed Sanu, Victor Cruz
Jack Doyle, Tight End, Indianapolis Colts (Yahoo – 20 percent owned, ESPN – 10.7 percent owned)
The fact that Jack Doyle is fantasy relevant should tell you all you need to know about the tight end landscape. It is a disaster.
Doyle took over as the main tight end for the Colts after Dwayne Allen went down last week. He responded with 4 catches, 53 yards, and a touchdown. Allen is week to week with a sprained ankle according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Doyle could be a low-end TE1 while Allen is sidelined.